Nivine Afiouni

Chief Sub Editor, SkyNews Arabia

United Arab Emirates

Nivine Afiouni is the first Lebanese woman and first Arab journalist to reach Antarctica to produce a documentary in Arabic language from the frozen continent. Her documentary was a break-through in the Arab media as it was the first of its kind originally in Arabic language. Afiouni Holds a position of Chief sub editor in Sky News Arabia. She was among the founding team of Sky News Arabia, when she joined theArabic international channel in Abu Dhabi in January 2012. Afiouni worked for 5 years in Al-Arabiya news channel and was among its senior reporters. She covered many conflicts and wars; mostly regime changes in the Arab world, all files related to, Qatar Crisis, the US politics, counter-terrorism, Lebanese politics and many entertainment stories too.. Afiouni Holds a Masters degree; with distinction, in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Tufts University in Boston. Her thesis on the Origin of Cruelty of ISIS and Counter Terrorism Strategies, was the first of its kind in the world to research deeply in the origin of cruelty of terrorist groups and interview ISIS members. She also holds a degree in Political Sciences and Economics from the Lebanese University and a certificate in conflict resolution; negotiation and mediation skills. Afiouni proudly won the award of the best negotiator in International Crisis Symposium on negotiation and mediation in Cyprus 2005 among 60 nationalities around the world. Afiouni worked with pan Arabnewspapers, Alhayat, Assafir Albalad etc, when she started her career in journalism 14 years ago. Her work was based on investigative reporting. Afiouni is also a professional sessions moderator for a variety of topics. She is a professional trainer on Media Crisis, journalism: print and TV, Foreign Policy Leadership, Nation Branding, and Negotiation skills. Afiouni holds many honorary awards for her work in journalism and social field and women leadership. She is also a professional violin player for 17 years.

08 October, 03:50 pm - 04:30 pm
MEET THE MENTOR
Artificial Intelligence is the Future of Personalized Learning
Some studies show that up to 63% of students are disengaged because they are not operating at the periphery of their knowledge. After 20 years actively researching cognitive science Dr Bolland. is aiming to revolutionise education through the use of artificial intelligence as a tool for teachers. He sees artificial intelligence becoming a powerful tool for helping to personalize education and unlocking potential for positive human development.
Speakers

Scott Bolland

Cognitive Scientist and Founder of New Dawn Technologies

Moderators

Nivine Afiouni

United Arab Emirates

Chief Sub Editor, SkyNews Arabia

08 October, 02:00 pm - 02:45 pm
MEET THE MENTOR
Spotlight Session: Homegrown Global Success Stories in Education: GEMS Education and SABIS®
Which are the most valuable lessons-learned from growing successful global education providers that can be applied to the theme of “Teaching for Tomorrow”? How do these two MENA-based organizations prepare for the changing role of teachers in the fourth industrial revolution?
Keywords: Leadership
Speakers

Dino Varkey

Chief Executive Office, GEMS Education

Victor Saad

Vice President and Board Member, SABIS®

Moderators

Nivine Afiouni

United Arab Emirates

Chief Sub Editor, SkyNews Arabia

08 October, 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
MEET THE MENTOR
Spotlight Session: Teachers As Role Models For SDG4 
How is GPE partnering with teachers to meet the objectives set in SDG4? What information do teachers need the most to improve the quality of learning inn the classrooms?
In 2015, the Global Partnership for Education adopted SDG4 on education as its vision, and used it as the building block for its 5-year strategy to build stronger education systems in developing countries. As a global fund, GPE partners with teacher organizations to improve the quality of learning in their classrooms and to share best practice. Based on the work done so far, how optimistic is GPE that the objectives set in SDG4 will be met? Is implementation on track and is it having real social impact?
Keywords: SDG4
Speakers

Julia Gillard

Former Prime Minister, Chair of the Board of Directors, Global Partnership for Education

Moderators

Nivine Afiouni

United Arab Emirates

Chief Sub Editor, SkyNews Arabia